Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art

Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art

Ghalya's Museum of Modern Art
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums • History Museums
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Welcome to our unique collection of traditional Omani houses facing the historic port of Muttrah. Experience Oman’s life and culture of 1950 -1970’s.
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ShaConn
London, UK22 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Renamed and worth a revisit people and a place Museum is the best and most accessible museum of Omani life. In particular for Fashionista’s everywhere this museum has the eponymous collection of exquisite Omani dress throughout the ages that in fact deserves a museum all of its own. Tucked away to the rear of the building, the dress museum is a once in a lifetime opportunity to really view at first hand the wondrous history of design and detail of the region. Each piece is so beautifully displayed and accessorised with the ornament of the day. The mannequins stand elegant and poised and proud with their flowing silks, velvets, beading and jewels transporting you back to when and how those silks were woven and transported to the Corniche across the ocean. Traded and then expertly fashioned for the ladies of the land for their finest displays of richness, colour and beauty. I spent hours in this museum. Transfixed and transported.
Written June 6, 2022
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Written July 16, 2022
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Wafa' Nimri
Amman, Jordan1 contribution
Jan 2020
The museum of people and places is a perfect destination for anyone who wants to develop an inside view into Oman life back in the 70's. It is a labor of love and sheds an interesting dimension to Oman culture and heritage through story telling, scents and crafts, views and flavors. Highly recommended.
Written January 25, 2020
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Written January 27, 2020
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Poached Plum
Ireland436 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Lovely little museum just under the fort. A short walk along the Corniche to the museum where we were warmly welcomed and had the museum to ourselves. A traditional Omani home with items up to 1960s/70s interspersed with some paintings which are a joy.
Written March 11, 2020
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Written March 12, 2020
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twintipbunny
Fort Collins, CO176 contributions
Mar 2022
I spent about 15 min in this place. Not a museum of modern art that I saw. Instead it's a cramped, twisted path through some old rooms that resemble a flea market. I had come from Bait Al Zubair, which also has the contents of an old house, plus an entire museum, and a real art gallery. Do not waste your money at this place. Overpriced.
Written March 21, 2022
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Kate A
Melbourne, Australia15 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
This little unassuming museum of modern daily life in Muscat-Oman is a terrific introduction to how people lived. The country is in the midst of massive change and it is good to be able to consider where it is coming from. Highly recommended.
Written January 19, 2020
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Written January 22, 2020
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nicolleal
Manchester, UK47 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
A walk along Mutrah corniche past the souk and towards the second roundabout will take you to this unsuspecting white building which hides a treasure trove of artefacts related to Omani life. They have recreated rooms from a typical Omani house through various periods of history. One of the rooms is a bridal room displaying wedding clothes and educating the visitor about Omani marriage customs. There is also a room of a young man who left his village to work in Muscat in the days before electricity. This was also very well done. At the back of the main building is a gallery displaying modern Omani art which is beautiful and offers prints for purchase. The gift shop at the end was reasonably priced and had some unique items. The curator was friendly, attentive and helpful.
This is a must-see in Muscat perhaps after a visit to the souq and a nice stroll along the seafront.
Written December 29, 2014
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EngliShisha
United Kingdom84 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The staff here are very friendly and welcoming, and this preserved Omani home (before the modernisation era of Sultan Qaboos Al Said) is very charming. To find it, walk from the Souk towards the end of the corniche (not the Fish and Vegetable Market end, but towards the Fort and Incense Burner, shortly after Bank Muscat). It is set back slightly from the main Corniche and there is a brown tourism sign in both English and Arabic.
The original doors and shutters are ornate and the home is packed with everyday items from the time, with special displays for the Omani wedding, kitchenware and a young man's bedroom complete with antique gramophone player...... A separate room showcasing Omani Modern Art is a beautiful addition. There is a small gift shop and the whole collection is shady and cool. Admission is great value at 1 Omani Rial for adults.
Written April 19, 2019
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Written April 20, 2019
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NYerinUAE
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates19 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
This is a small museum that is perfect for a family with restless children. My girls are 10, 9 and 7 years old. And while they like museums, small quick ones are the best so they can enjoy before getting bored and this one, now call the Place and People Museum, is perfect. It showcases a traditional Omani home and has so much detail I could have spent hours just looking at all the items they included. The place was nicely air conditioned and provided a wonderful reprieve from the oppressive heat outside. In addition the bathrooms were clean and lovely, another plus. Saji, the caretaker was friendly, kind and accommodating. Overall a wonderful experience and highly recommended.
Written April 17, 2019
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Written April 20, 2019
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GSEM06
Nice, France62 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
Out of coincidence, we ended-up in this cosy and unique museum on the corniche. Our guide Siju was so friendly, passionate about his museum and welcoming.
Written March 22, 2019
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Written March 24, 2019
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Jacoba G
Blandford Forum, UK36 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
Delightful small museum showing Omani life set in tiny restored traditional houses. Brilliant! A small token gallery of modern art but they need to change the signage as the historical exhibits are far more interesting than the art! Only 1 rial entry and the couple who run it are charming.
Written December 31, 2014
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